One of the most anticipated films this year is Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 and hopefully the flick will feature the same passion for 8-bit gaming as the original. Wreck-It Ralph, which received an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature, was released back in 2012 and it’s been a long timing for a sequel!
This time out video game antagonist (but with a heart of gold) Ralph (John C. Reilly) helps Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) navigate the perilous world wide web in search of a replacement to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush. The flick also features the voice talents of Taraji P. Henson, Kristen Bell, Alan Tudyk, andMandy Moore. Check out the teaser trailer and tell us what you think!
Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph opens nationwide November 21.
Having worked steadily in Hollywood as an actress for the last 20 years, Taraji P. Henson has taken the next step in her career: producing. Proud Mary is the story of a hired gun for a Boston mob family who reaches a turning point in her life when one of her hits goes awry. As a producer, she wanted a woman in the title role who could be strong, heroic, and a bit badass. As an actor, she knew the role was perfect for her. Put those two things together, and Henson sees this role — and this movie — as not only very important, but very personal to her, as well.
On this week’s CinemAddicts, we review Martin Scorsese’s long in development epic Silence and director Theodore Melfi’s (St. Vincent) latest outing Hidden Figures. Along with those two reviews, we also offer up our thoughts on the impending release of Blade Runner 2049, director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated sequel to Blade Runner. The great news is both sci-fi flicks were penned by screenwriter Hampton Fancher, and this time out it’s A-list filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) who’s behind the camera.
Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel, Silence centers on two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) who venture to Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). The picture, which took 28 years to hit the screen, continues director Martin Scorsese’s lifelong exploration of faith, a theme that’s also explored in The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun.
Hidden Figures centers on the true story of three African-American women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe) and their respective contributions to NASA during the race to space era. Kevin Costner co-stars as Katherine G. Johnson’s (Henson) hard working and no-nonsense boss, and Kirsten Dunst plays a supervisor who initially belittles Dorothy Vaughan’s (Spencer) accomplishments.
Though clocking in at 126 minutes, Hidden Figures moves like clockwork and there isn’t an ounce of fat in this engaging narrative. Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s episode of CinemAddicts.
As Cookie Lyon’s (Taraji P. Henson) candid and strong willed sibling Candace, Vivica A. Fox proved she could playfully handle her own business while bantering with Henson on Empire. Though the main goal of their uneasy get together was to search for their troubled, drug addicted sister Carol (Tasha Smith), Cookie and Candace continued to trade barbs, and hopefully their respective story is far from over.
For Fox, taking part in Empire gives her the chance to work with such “excellent actors.” “They work a lot of hours,” said Fox. “We film in Chicago, and I’ve never felt like a rock star filming. People were lined up across the street. They were chasing our van, banging on the back of it. I was like, ‘Oh this is what it feels like to be a rock star! Go Empire, yes!'”
Since both sisters are forces of nature, one can envision producer Lee Daniels spinning off Empire into a new series with Candace driving the narrative. It’s an idea that obviously comes to mind with Fox, whose diverse work on television includes her wonderful comedic run on Curb Your Enthusiasm (Larry David will always be known to me as “LD” thanks to Fox).
Click on the media bar below to hear Vivica A. Fox ponder a possible Empire spinoff.
The fall finale of Empire, which also features Alicia Keys as pop singer Skye Summers, airs tonight on FOX (9/8c).
Triumphantly returning to FOX tonight for its second season, EMPIRE pulls no punches in getting things moving. From the opening scenes of Cookie’s gigantic musical rally (keep an eye out for celebrity cameos) to Lucious’ many ‘issues’ while still in prison for Bunky’s murder, this delicious dynastic drama somehow manages to be even more stylish and fast-paced than last season. Despite the huge popularity and growth from season one, EMPIRE continues to hold on to everything that the audience originally fell for.
Created by LEE DANIELS, the huge cast includes TERRENCE HOWARD, TARAJI P. HENSON,TRAI BYERS, JUSSIE SMOLLETT and BRYSHERE Y. GRAY as well as several well-known cameo surprises.
When we sat down with TERRENCE HOWARD and TARAJI P. HENSON last season, they were quick to tell us what to expect. After seeing part of season two, that response is just as applicable now as it was then: